The College Report: Strand and Nolle Help Put Princeton Poolmen Over the Top

Credits: Beverly Schaefer
Credits: Beverly Schaefer

The Princeton University men’s swimming team won the Ivy League Championship last weekend in Providence, R.I. by a 1,514-1,446 margin over Harvard, and that’s where Michael Strand (Chatham, Soph.) and Paul Nolle (Murray Hill, Jr.) come in. The duo helped put the points on the board that put the Tigers over the top.

Strand, a Chatham High grad, pulled off one individual victory in an ‘A’ flight, contributed to one relay victory, scored points in another ‘A’ final and won a ‘B’ race. His ‘A’ victory came in the 100-yard backstroke via a pool record 47.43. He was third into the pool for the Tigers’ victorious 200-yard medley relay team. He also got seventh place in the ‘A’ final of the 200-yard backstroke, with a time of 1:47.69 against a winning 1:43.76. He also won the ‘B’ final of the 100-yard butterfly, and his winning time of 47.87 was faster than the final five finishers in the ‘A’ final.

Victory eluded Nolle, but he did qualify for one ‘A’ final and scored valuable points. He got eighth place in the 500-yard freestyle, finishing in 4:26.72 against a winning 4:21.10. Later, he took seventh place in the 1,650-yard freestyle; he touched the wall in 15:16.67, with the winner in at 15:02.11.

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Massachusetts’ Cyndil Matthew (Westfield, Sr.) managed three singles from four at-bats, plus a base on balls, as the Minutewomen lost, 12-10, to Western Michigan in Clearwater, Fla. on Sunday. Matthew, a centerfielder who bats leadoff, scored three UMass runs. She also stole three bases. UMass dropped to 2-11 with the defeat.


The Fairfield duo of Nick Guida (Chatham, Soph.) and Colin McLinden (Madison, Soph.) produced a goal and an assist each in last Saturday's 12-8 loss to Yale in New Haven, Conn. In fact, they both also got credit for one ground ball. The Stags are 4-3.

Joe Cordrey (Summit, Sr.) contributed a goal to Union's 10-6 win over Babson in Schenectady, N.Y. on Saturday. He also rustled up two ground balls as the Dutchmen improved to 2-1.

Gettysburg's Paul Werner (Westfield, Fr.) earned an assist in the Bullets' 12-11 win over Lynchburg in a Saturday home game. He then scored his first goal on the collegiate level on Wednesday in front of a home audience in a loss to Cabrini, also by a 12-11 score. Gettysburg is 3-2.

Skidmore's Kevin Mulvey (Westfield, Fr.) scored a goal and earned credit for a ground ball in an 11-10 overtime loss to Trinity (Conn.) in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. on Saturday. His tally was his side's final of the game; it came with 3:30 left on the game clock and put Skidmore up, 10-9, only for the Bantams to come back 18 seconds later with the tying goal that led to overtime. The Thoroughbreds are 2-3.

Brian Feeney (Summit, Jr.) made nine saves to help Penn defeat Villanova, 13-9, in Chester, Pa. last Saturday. His brother, Danny Feeney (Summit, Jr.) scored a goal for the Quakers, repatriated a game-high eight game balls and dominated 16 of 23 faceoffs. Teammate Mark Leonhard (Summit, Fr.) also came up with a ground ball. For Villanova, Christopher Conroy (Chatham, Jr.) caused two turnovers and came up with three ground balls. Penn ticked up to 4-1, while Villanova is 1-4.

A goal by Washington & Lee’s Tim Werner (Westfield, Jr.) with 8:36 left on the game clock knotted last Saturday’s “Ampersand Bowl” with Franklin & Marshall at 9. The home Generals then went on to score the remaining two goals for an 11-9 victory. Werner also accounted for one ground ball. The Generals are 5-1. 

The Diplomats (3-2) recovered with a 10-4 victory over Susquehanna at home on Wednesday. Evan Bakst (Westfield, Jr.) assisted on one Franklin & Marshall goal. Going the other way, Tylere Fritts (Chatham, Sr.) scored a Susquehanna goal and brought up two ground balls. Teammate Greg Rabiecki (Maplewood, Fr.) got credit for one ground ball. Susquehanna preceded that defeat with an 18-10 road win over Randolph. Fritts contributed two goals and an assist for the Crusaders (4-3).

Widener defeated Immaculata, 16-7, in a Wednesday road contest. Mac Nestler (Chatham, Jr.) played the first half in goal for the winning side, making six saves against three goals. Ryan Carlin (Green Village, Sr.) retrieved two ground balls for the Pride (3-2), while prevailing on two of four faceoffs.

Wagner’s Paul DeVita (Westfield, Fr.) scored a goal, caused a turnover and lifted a ground ball in Tuesday’s 18-12 Seahawks victory over visiting Virginia Military. Wagner improved to 1-5.

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